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Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe

To betray your king, and kinsman and to usurp the throne is the story of Macbeth, the Scottish play, a Shakespeare tragedy and one of the current productions in the Globe's Celtic Season.

This new and contemporary rendering begins with a jazz score. All actors, including the three Weird Sisters are elegantly attired in dinner jackets. More comedy than tragedy, this production slips along easily and is excessively enjoyable.

It suffers from the lack of intensity when showing tragedy and is weak in its portrayal of tyranny, murder and the supernatural. The absence of blood may disappoint those of a more purest taste but this modern comic interpretation is satisfying and worth watching for it newness.

Overall, Macbeth is a clever and stylish production, what it lacks in viscera it makes up for in comedy and innovation.

Macbeth continues until 22 September.

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